What is bridging?
Watch or listen to a 20-minute Take 5 episode on what Girl
Scout bridging is.
Virtual Bridging Ceremonies
With members staying home to stay safe this spring, we wanted to
share some creative ideas to help you celebrate the girls in your
troop or service unit bridging to the next Girl Scout level. You can
also watch or listen to our 15-minute Take 5 episode on creative
virtual bridging ceremony ideas.
Format: Consider hosting a live virtual event (using Zoom or
another platform), a pre-recorded video that can be shared among
troop members, or postponing your celebration to the fall for a more
traditional in-person event.
What you need: Girl Scout bridging ceremonies have a few
Opening: Set the context of what bridging is and why it’s
Main section: Girls, whether physically or symbolically,
cross a bridge and are welcomed to the next Girl Scout
Closing: Reflect on what has happened and move forward
together as Girl Scouts.
The rest is up to the girls! Let your girls get creative with
how they’d like to celebrate—this is the fun part!
2020 Creative Bridging Ideas
Here are some ideas to spark your girls' creativity from other Girl
Scouts around our movement. For in-person events, remember to follow
guidelines for in-person gatherings.
- A “red carpet” bridging, where each girls get to walk under a
balloon rainbow, take pictures, and feel like a super star. Families
schedule individual slots, and a designated volunteer helps ensure
safety protocols are being followed.
- A drive-thru ceremony
in a safe location, where each girl can get cheers from her troop
leaders. Families schedule individual slots, and a designated
volunteer helps ensure safety protocols are being followed.
- Have girls make bridges at home out of pillows, stuffed animals,
or anything else girls can safely walk across.
- Put girls'
engineering skills to work to create bridges from scrap wood or
sticks in the backyard.
- Take a virtual tour of a famous
bridge and walk across it together (local examples include the
Sagamore, Bourne, Zakim, and Tobin Bridges).
- In lieu of a
closing Friendship Squeeze, girls could learn and perform a new song
(like the Brownie Smile Song, for Daisies bridging up).
- Create a YouTube Live Stream video compilation of girls bridging
individually, then combine these into one video with a slideshow of
pictures from the bridging troops. (idea submitted by the
Acton/Boxborough Service Unit.)
- Contact your local cable
access channel and let them know about your bridging Girl Scouts,
especially high school seniors.
Have an idea to share or want help brainstorming? Let us know!
Bridging to Brownies
Stepping Up! Daisies to Brownies is a 15-minute
video that gives a Daisy Leader who is moving up to Brownies an
overview of Brownie meetings, troop year, Brownie program, resources,
Learn more about planning your first bridging ceremony! Daisies
can engage with older girls, try fun Girl Scout Brownie activities,
and share their favorite things about being a Daisy. They can also be
part of the bridging ceremony and receive their Bridge to Brownie Awards!
Bridging to Juniors
Stepping Up! Brownies to Juniors is a 10-minute
video that gives a Brownie Leader who is moving up to Juniors an
overview of how troop meetings and the girl-led experience shift at
this program level.
To help guide your girls’ transition from Brownies to Juniors, your
troop can earn the Bridge to Junior Award by completing two steps:
Pass It On! and Look Ahead! More information about these steps can be
found in the handbook section of the Brownie Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, and on
page 10 of the Girl Scout Bridging Guide.
Bridging to Cadettes, Seniors or Ambassadors
Girls can take the lead in big ways in the oldest program levels.
Share the Girl
Scout Bridging Guide with them and let them design their own ceremony!
Do your girls want to do big things and improve their community in
the process? Girl
Scout Highest Awards show future colleges, employers, and the
community that your girls are changing the world. Learn more about how
you can help them earn the Silver Award or Gold Award!
Bridging to Adults
Her adventure as a Girl Scout alum begins now! Check out our Graduating Girl Scouts page for regalia,
certificates of completion, and ways to stay connected to the movement.